December 10, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
President of USSLA, Mallam Haroun (middle) poses with flood victims
United States Sierra Leoneans Association (USSLA) yesterday presented used clothings and shoes to flood victims that have been relocated to Six Mile, outside Freetown.
The donation is part of efforts to support government in caring for flood victims and the vulnerable in society.
In her welcome address, chairlady Jeneba B. Kargbo said that they were happy for the donation as since they were relocated that was the second donation from goodwill organisations and individuals.
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President of USSLA, Mallam Haroun said that as Sierra Leoneans they would not stand and fold their hands and watch people suffering in the country. “Our association came together and tasked each other to come to the aid of these victims, bearing in mind the amount of pain they endured when the country was hit by flooding,” he said.
He said that though the Ebola virus ravaged the country with people losing their lives and properties, life continues to go on, adding that it was a moral duty on those who can afford to help those in need. “We are looking at ways of having a project that will help not only vulnerable groups but the country as well,” he further disclosed.
Director of Social Welfare at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Francis Kabia, praised the association for helping the government in providing support to flood victims, noting that government alone cannot do it.
Mr. Kabia said the donation was a step in the right direction as it would go a long way in ameliorating the plight of people displaced by the flood in September. “This help is welcome as it helps those who cannot afford for themselves due to the suffering they went through,” said Kabia.
In early September this year Freetown was hit by a massive flooding that destroyed homes and properties worth million of Leones. Six people lost their lives and dozens more were made homeless as a result.
The government initially sheltered victims at the National Stadium and the Brima Atouga mini-stadium. They have since been relocated to Six Mile, outside the capital Freetown.